Remember a time when the best new games weren’t just a click away on the app store, and ‘hardcore gaming’ meant playing Monopoly for 8 hours straight, and not blood and gore and having to wear glasses at age 8?
So, there is no doubt in accepting that good olden board games were super fun in its time.
If you’re reading this article, then you probably do remember that time and are trying to recreate it so that your children may also experience the joy of board games and all that they have to offer.
To help you with choosing board games for your 7-year old, we have compiled a list of high-quality games that will engage and interest your child for years to come.
Reviews of the Top 5 Board Games for 7-Year-Olds
The set includes a manual with pictures, making it easy for your child to learn the rules. It includes 24 secret character tiles, from which each player will pick their mystery person.
The object of Guess Who is to be the first player to figure out who the secret person is that your opponent has picked. The game comes with two game units with plastic frames, on which each player places their 24 small character tiles.
As the game progresses and candidates are eliminated, players flip down their cards. For this reason, Guess Who might not be suitable for your child to play on bumpy car rides.
Also, the loose cards may flip over and reveal their secret mystery character to their opponent.
One issue is the colors on the cards are difficult for children to differentiate. For instance, black hair shown on the packaging appears as grey on the cards. Nevertheless, this issue can be resolved with mutual agreement on what the colors are before the start.
- Funny caricature characters
- Engrosses the child in a product way
- Manual with pictures
We Didn’t Like:
- Confusing graphics
- Lack of character ethnic diversity
Hasbro Connect 4 Game
This Hasbro Connect 4 grid takes the classic game further by offering three exciting ways to play. It has a strong grid frame and a pop-out bar feature.
The goal is to connect your discs in a row of four while blocking your opponent’s attempts to do the same. The set comes with 42 high-quality discs, 21 of which are red and the other 21, yellow.
In the Classic Connect 4, players take alternate turns to drop their discs into the grid that is held up by two sturdy legs; while in the Connect 4 Frenzy gameplay, the most adored version by excitable 7 year-olds, the players frantically drop their discs into the grid at the same time.
You won’t have to worry about the grid being damaged by raging kids, as it is made of thick plastic that will not easily crack or bend.
For the third gaming option, the set includes a pop-out bar on the grid. It can be used to release a disc from the bottom row.
- Pop-out bar for third gaming option
- Thick, strong plastic
- Long-lasting color on discs
We Didn’t Like:
- Not travel appropriate
- No feature for the color-blind
- No extra discs
The game contains 84 tiles in four different colors and is a fun game for your child to play with up to 3 of their friends.
The object of the game is to get rid of all 21 of your tiles by strategically fitting all of them onto the board.
Because each game piece is unique and essential in order to play the game fairly, children will have to take special care not to misplace any of the tiles or forget them at a friend’s house. Owing to there being no inventory card, it may take some time to work out which pieces need to be restocked.
Blokus makes for a perfect pastime while in a moving vehicle, as the tiles fit nicely between grooves on the board and will remain stable on bumpy terrain.
It is important to note that this version is a couple inches smaller than the original, but this makes it possible for children to carry it along with them in their overnight bag or for parents to pack it away on a shelf without any trouble.
- Promotes healthy mental activity
- Four different colors allow for 2-4 players
- Travel appropriate
We Didn’t Like:
- Small tiles easy to misplace
- No extra tiles
- No inventory card
The objective of Sorry! is to get all three of your pawns from your ‘Start’ to your ‘Home’.
This updated version differs from the traditional Sorry!, with its ice (blue ring) and fire (red ring) effects; however, the instructions on how to use them can be confusing at first, but the game can be easily understood with a few rounds of practice.
The set comes with 12 pawns, in 4 different colors (blue, green, red, and yellow) and is meant for 2-4 players.
Unlike previous versions that use dice, this edition requires players to draw numbered cards, from the deck of 45. Using cards instead of dice it can easily be misplaced. It makes gameplay possible on the move but owing to the dimensions of the game board, playing can be problematic in back seats with less space.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend Sorry!. All those children who are simply in need of a fun and engaging activity to share with friends can have an enjoyable time.
- Numbered cards instead of dice
- New fire and ice power-ups
- 4 different colored pawns
We Didn’t Like:
- Confusing instruction manual
- Large board not travel-appropriate
- No color alternatives for color-blind
It has bright colors and various shapes that make the game fun and easy for children to engage with.
The Qwirkle set includes a guide to playing (as expected) but some rules may need to be re-explained to younger children! Each player starts off with six blocks and must attempt to score the most points by matching blocks with the same shape or color together to build lines.
With 108 blocks in the set, children are provided with 36 possible symbol/color combinations. Owing to the role of color, Qwirkle is not the best choice for color-blind children, however labeling the pieces with the first letter of the color could solve this.
A common problem with board games for children is that kids can easily lose the pieces. Thankfully, Qwirkle comes with a drawstring bag that can be used for storing the tiles away and preventing tiles from getting lost.
Another reason I consider Qwirkle one of the best board games for kids, is that the Qwirkle blocks are made of wood, and are thus less breakable, even while being handled by excitable little ones. However, wood is not as easy to rinse as plastic, and so kids might need to take extra care not to play with sticky fingers.
- 36 possible combinations
- Bright colors and shapes
- Drawstring bag for block storage
We Didn’t Like:
- No feature for the color-blind
- Wooden tiles can’t be washed
- Rules need to be reiterated to kids
Summary of the best board games
While choosing a suitable board game for children, it is important to take into account their durability and size as children are known to easily break toys in moments of excitement or easily misplace them.
These are two of the reasons, games, like Guess Who, Sorry!, and Qwirkle, that are made out of strong material or contain large gaming pieces easy to manage, were added to the list.
Another important factor that children respond to and engage with are bright colors and variety.
Games with various options of gameplay, like Hasbro’s Connect 4, with its 3 gaming options might be perfect for children with short attention spans.
Unfortunately, some children who are color-blind won’t be able to play most of these games as there are no alternative color features.
However, games like Connect 4 and Sorry! are made out of plastic and can be easily marked with symbols to accommodate for the color-blind.
Games, like Blokus and Sorry!, with sets that allow for more than one player were also given preference while creating this list as friendly-competition can make games more enjoyable for kids.
The games’ suitability for travel, in terms of size and loose pieces, has also been considered, as board games are a pleasurable pastime while traveling for many hours.
Although all five of these board games have something special to offer, my top 3 recommendations would have to be Hasbro’s Connect 4, Qwirkle, and Sorry!.
What makes these games ideal for children, is their size. Larger gaming pieces, such as the cards used in Guess Who and Sorry! aren’t as easily misplaced as smaller discs or tiles.
Qwirkle solves this problem by including a drawstring bag for easy and safe storage of the game tiles.
The large size and loose pieces of these games are not suitable for car rides. However, Sorry! makes up for this, by designing their 12 pawn pieces out of thick and durable plastic.
It makes labeling the pieces with alternative symbols for color-blind children easy. And also allows for the pieces to be effortlessly wiped down after some sticky playtime.
The Qwirkle tiles can also be labeled with alternative symbols. Their wooden material might make cleaning more complicated.
But, not only do the best board games for 7-year-olds have to be long-lasting and appropriately sized, they also need to be fun and engaging.
Qwirkle contains 108 blocks, giving kids various shapes and colors to hold their attention, while Sorry! has new fire and ice power-up effects that keep the game interesting.
Both Qwirkle and Sorry! are 2-4 player games. Unfortunately, Guess Who, although colorful and exciting with 12 different character cards, is only limited to two players.
Sorry! seems to be the best board game for 7-year olds; with its durability, colorful and exciting gameplay.
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